Revolting students
The right to be offensive
Saturday 27 October, 3.30pm until 5.00pm, Student Union Bar-room Rants

What’s the matter with students today? Whatever happened to questioning authority, orthodoxy and received wisdom, organising protests and sit-ins and defying outdated moral standards? Rather than challenging the status quo and fighting for a better world, student activism today seems to go with the grain of an increasingly conformist society. Student unions lead campaigns to sack professors for expressing controversial views, champion safe sex and responsible drinking, and censor the use of offensive language on campus. What hope is there for the idea of universities as places where students should be free to experiment, think, argue, learn, and say what they please?

 Speakers

Dr Lee Jones
lecturer, international relations, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Maria Grasso
lecturer in politics and quantitative methods, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield; author: Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe
Chair:
Suzy Dean
freelance writer; blogger, Free Society

 Produced by

Dr Maria Grasso lecturer in politics and quantitative methods, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield; author: Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe
Suzy Dean freelance writer; blogger, Free Society

Revolting Students: The Right to be Offensive, Suzy Dean

 Recommended readings

Your conscience or my rights?
I'm all for freedom of opinion, but don't use your opinion to try and take my rights away
Claire Anderson, New Statesman, 6 May 2007

All the young prudes
Far from being a site of free thinking and free exchange of ideas, the university campus has become a laboratory for new forms of censorship and conformism
Brendan O'Neill, Guardian, 6 January 2007

Migration watch protest
No platform for racists and fascists! A statement from a member of 'No borders London' explaining her refusal to debate the spokesperson of Migration Watch UK
Teresa Hayter, No Borders London, 28 January 2007

The Role of University and the Career Ladder
Watch Claire Fox News as graduates debate the role of University in English society and question the term 'Mickey Mouse' degrees.
Claire Fox News, 18 Doughty Street TV, 3 September 2007

recommended by spiked

Censoring students at Oxford? That is so gay
Maria Grasso, 18 February 2007

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